Review: Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper ★★★★

Better Homes and HauntingsBetter Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: n/a
Publication Date: June 24th 2014
ISBN: 9781476706009
Page Count: 318
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: Author of the beloved Half Moon Hollow series of vampire romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring star-crossed lovers together—if it doesn’t kill them first!

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.


REVIEW


Hopefully, like me, you're already familiar with Molly Harper's special brand of humour, supernatural awesomeness and romantical epicness having read her Naked Werewolf series and/or her Jane Jameson series - both of which are fabulous and not to be missed! Here in Better Homes and Hauntings Harper brings us a tale with all of those same ingredients, although this time I found her heroine to be quite different. Harper's prior leading ladies have all been very snarky, sassy and fun, but this time Nina was more reserved, quiet and even a little unsure of herself - but still fun! The reason for her being this way was explained fully in her back story, which I won't spoil for you other than to say you will be incredibly indignant on her behalf when you read it!

Despite this slight change from the normal formula, I really enjoyed Nina's character. I also found the love interest to be much changed from Harper's normal style. Gone is the fierce and protective werewolf alpha male, and gone is the suave and sophisticated yet domineering vampire master, and in their place is billionaire techno-nerd Deacon Whitney. Or perhaps techno-geek is a better word... Which word best describes someone with incredible intelligence but hugely lacking social skills? Whichever it is, that is what he was, and he was delicious!

The story centers around the renovation of an old and supposedly haunted estate on Whitney island. The legend of the ghosts of Whitney Island have been passed from generation to generation in the Whitney family, and because of the rumours of a curse and the family's subsequent lack of good fortune, it's been many decades since any member has had the funds to renovate the old house and restore it to its former glory. Deacon Whitney, with his social networking millions and youthful exuberance, is just the man for the job. And hired to be his landscaper is Nina Linden. Nina is trying to build a business and thinks the Whitney island project will be the one to set her on the map. No sooner does she set foot on the island, however, than ghostly sightings and mysterious happenings start occurring.

With an abundance of flashbacks, dream sequences and an enticing budding romance, readers will be turning pages faster you can say, "wooooooo!" with this one.

4 Stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. I really enjoy Harper's books, especially that our main characters have friends, real ones. and I am really hoping she comes back to Dotty, who turned out to be such a fun character.

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  2. OOh nice review! I have this in my ever growing-never-shrinking TBR mountain..of doom! ;) I loooove a good paranormal mystery and some reviews I read of this one had me sold! Glad to see I made a wise decision! I am eager to read it but my current schedule is going to make it nearly impossible! But I am still pretty eager to get to it!

    And again, great review!

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